Chapter One: Obligation

By using the NUR ranking master sheet, you agree with the following:
  1. Do not try to edit and title, header, or drop down list in the spreadsheet.
  2. Do not change the cell/text format and color of the spreadsheet.
  3. You should comply with guidelines and notes to complete the cells of the spreadsheet.
  4. The University focal point with the NUR account is the responsible one for the data entry and its quality.
  5. The University must be ready to submit any requested evidence or proof letter of the submitted data within no more one working day in case of the request by the NUR Admin.

Chapter Two: NUR Data Completion Mechanism

National University Ranking (NUR) scoring is based on the data submitted by the University (Public and Private). The data is submitted by completing two spreadsheets:
  1. e-Master sheet
  2. e-Smart Ranking sheet
  • The submitted data should belong to activities taken place between September 1st till August 31 of the next year.
  • The deadline for the data submission is 31 August of every year.

Chapter Three: Definitions

Teaching Staff Member
An academic who has the following:
  1. M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree.
  2. Academic title approved by the University/MHE.
  3. Teaching with weekly load.
  4. Permanent or visiting lecturer.

An academic who has the following:
  1. M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree.
  2. Academic title approved by the University/MHE.
  3. Weekly academic duty at the University.
  4. Online researcher is not considered.

Research Paper:
A paper published in a journal that:
  1. Indexed, either by Clarivate Analytics, or SCOPUS, or
  2. Not indexed, but approved by NUR or a member of DOAJ.
  3. Having metadata that shows the author's affiliation including the department, this is compulsory.
  4. Research Center affiliation is not accepted.
  5. The metadata should show the author's affiliation with the exact University name, any altered name will not be considered.

Conference Paper:
A paper that presented physically in a conference and deposited to repository:
  1. Indexed by Clarivate Analytics, or
  2. Indexed by SCOPUS, or
  3. belongs to a KRG-University e-platform that shows doi and metadata of the paper having a doi.
  4. The metadata should show the author's affiliation with the exact University name, any altered name will not be considered.
  5. The author/University should give a proof, by News, that the author attended the conference to present the paper.

Author's Affiliation:
It is the the author belonging that should be written in the published research papers and the online paper metadata, clearly and according to the following format:
  1. Department of xxxxxx, Faculty of xxxxxx, xxxxx University, City, Country.
  2. The "Department is a compulsory".
  3. The author's affiliation should not contain more than two Universities, as a maximum.
  4. During a one academic year, all author's papers should be affiliated to same one or two Universities, as a maximum. 

This is called "Digital Object Identifier". The doi should be linked to the published paper metadata page. Any doi connected/linked to the PDF file of the published paper is not considered.


NUR Black list:
The NUR-MHE is always supporting good practicing in publishing research works. Hence it encouraging all researchers and academic staff to be aware where to publish their works. the NUR Black List includes:
  1. Predatory Journals List, applicable since Feb. 1, 2019 (Click here)
  2. Publishers List, (Click here)
  3. Hijacked Journals List (Click here)
  4. NUR-based publishers & journals black list (Click here)

Chapter Four: e-Master sheet
  1. The data entry should be in the English language.
  2. The data entry is for the teaching academic staff.
  3. The total academic staff members include the teaching staff, Ph.D. part-time staff, paid-leave staff, and visiting lecturers.
  4. The teaching academic staff include the visiting lecturers.
  5. The teaching academic staff names should be hyperlinked with the academic profile.
  6. For the visiting lecturer, the name should be hyperlinked with the academic profile of the mother University.
  7. The email of the academic staff should be the institutional email, any commercial e-mail is not accepted for any reason.
  8. The QA activities include Student Feedback (1-5); Teacher Portfolio PF (1-5); Continuous Academic Development CAD (1-infinity).
  9. The President, Vice President, and Deans are not obligated to get PF and CAD scores.
  10. The President, Vice President, and Deans are obligated to have SF score if they are teaching.
  11. The visiting teaching staff is requested to have SF only, in the hosting University, and SF, PF, and CAD in the mother university.
  12. The academic staff without academic title should be included in the e-Master sheet, but they are not under the umbrella of the QA.
  13. The academic staff without academic title should have a SF score, only, if they are teaching.
  14. The Ph.D. students abroad are not under the umbrella of the QA.
  15. The Ph.D. students inside the country (part time) are under the umbrella of the QA, but their CAD score should by multiplied by 2.
  16. The academic staff with 1 or 2 years unpaid leave are not considered as a staff member (Milak).
  17. The academic staff with 1 or 2 years unpaid leave who are teaching in another University, they will be considered as Milak of the University.
  18. Visiting lecturers from the ministries who are teaching as a part-time in private/public universities are requested to get SF, only. The university is responsible to create an institutional email to this staff and create an Teacher Academic Profile.

Chapter Five: e-Smart Ranking sheet
  1. Sub-sheet 1.4: only the recognized awarding scientific bodies are considered. Any appreciating certificate, conference award, etc are not under this section topic.
  2. Sub-sheet 1.5: the training course duration should be at least 3 weeks and no less than 24 hrs. Pedagogy is excluded. electronic certificate (News) link is required.
  3. Sub-sheet 1.6: this section is about the international professional associations on SENIOR management level, only. A proof is required.
  4. Sub-sheet 2.1-2: this section is about the Scientific Journals published by the University. NUR published a list of approved journals in Kurdistan region.
  5. Sub-sheet 2.3-4: this section is about the journal publications in two categories; Publications listed by Thomson Reuters with IF and Publications listed by SCOPUS. The author should be a staff member of the mother University or the hosting University and his/her name is listed in the e-Master sheet. A published paper by an author with more than two affiliations is not accepted. The journal IF or SCOPUS listing are indicated via the links available in the rubric "Documents". It does not matter whether the author is the main author or the last coauthor. If the publication of a journal indexed by ESCI, then it will be considered as aThomson Reuters indexing with IF=0.0. Such a publication will be considered in Section 2.4, but not for Section 2.5.
  6. Sub-sheet 2.5: this section is about the journal publications without indexing. The publication should have a metadata connected to a valid DOI. Any publication in a journal inside Kurdistan region that not approved by the NUR will not be considered. Note: the conference publications are not considered by NUR. Any journal published outside Kurdistan claims it is an Open Access Journal then it should be a member of DOAJ.org, otherwise, it will not be considered.
  7. Sub-sheet 2.6: this section is about the patent that registered internationally and recognized by the search engine available in the rubric "Documents".
  8. Sub-sheet 2.7: this section is about the University Google Citation Number. The Number of Citation is calculated via the University Google Scholar Page directly, not via Webometrics report. But the Webometrics methodology is adopted. The Citation member should be a staff member, retired with no any other University affiliation or a Visiting Lecturer. The citation will be calculated in August. Any Google Scholar page with two affiliations will be omitted. Any Google Scholar page contains one unrelated publication, will be omitted. Google Scholar page without standard affiliation and personal photo will not be considered.
  9. ... to be completed.

Chapter Six: Scientific Journal; guidelines and regulation
  1. The journal should have e-ISSN if it is available online.
  2. It is accepted for the new journal to get the e-ISSN after one year, according to the new regulation of the ISSN.
  3. The journal should be published according to the frequency indicated in the ISSN manifest, e.g., Annual, biannual, quarterly, etc.
  4. The journal should not be available as few pages in the University website, but has a dedicated website, and better to be installed on a professional platform, like OJS.
  5. The Journal domain name should be a sub-domain of the University main-domain, e.g., aro.koyauniversity.org.
  6. The journal should create a metadata for each published paper.
  7. The metadata of each published paper should have; Title, Author names, Author affiliation, Abstract, References and DOI link.
  8. The published paper doi should be linked to the metadata page, not to the pdf file.
  9. Whether the journal publishes papers in English, Arabic or Kurdish, the author name and affiliation should be in English, beside the Arabic/Kurdish name and affiliation, if it is desirable.
  10. For multilingual journals with Arabic/Kurdish and English metadata, it is accepted to make a metadata page in English and another metadata page in Arabic/Kurdish.
  11. In the metadata page, the author name should be naked, without prefix or title, e.g., Mr., Dr., Professor, Lecturer.
  12. In the metadata page, the author affiliation should contain the Department, College/Faulty, University, Kurdistan region, Iraq.
  13. The University name in the metadata should be exactly the university official name.
  14. The journal that does not comply with the above regulations, its publications will not be considered.

Chapter Seven: Google Scholar Citation (GSC)
  1. The NUR-MHE is the local authority for controlling the Quality of GSC data of Kurdistan Universities.
  2. The University is the responsible party for controlling the quality of GSC data.
  3. The NUR-MHE is reviewing the GSC data of all Universities in Kurdistan Region twice a year, in June-July and December-January.
  4. During the two times of GSC review, any incorrect data in any University staff GSC list will exclude the University from GSC criteria (3%) + the University Web Presence (5%) of the NUR and the MHE has the right to take a legal action against this University.
  5. The GSC page of the academic staff should have the staff personal photo, otherwise it will not be considered.
  6. The GSC page of the academic staff should have the staff affiliation with the following format: Department of xxxx, University name, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. No need for the College/Faculty name.
  7. In the GSC profile, the homepage should be connected to the Teacher Academic Profile.
  8. In the GSC profile, about 3 Areas of Interest should be written.
  9. The University should not include an part-time/visiting Lecturer GSC account to their list. The University GSC list should be for the Milak staff. It is possible for only one GSC of a part-time/visiting Lecturer to be included. 

Chapter Eight: News and online proofs
  1. The scientific activity proofs (News) should be in English, only, 
  2. The news should be directed to public. It is not for the sake of NUR.
  3. The Workshop and Training Courses News should give all details about date, time, place, number of weeks, number of hrs, participants, Lecturers/supervisors,and outcome of the Workshop or Training Courses.

Last update: November 2019